Women invited to join rural network

Katrina Shamel, left, and Tina Carne are launching a Scarborough and District branch of WIRE, a national network for women in rural enterprises. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113142
Katrina Shamel, left, and Tina Carne are launching a Scarborough and District branch of WIRE, a national network for women in rural enterprises. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113142

BUSINESSWOMEN working in rural enterprises are being invited to join a new network in Scarborough.

A Scarborough and District branch of the national network WiRE is set to launch next week, with its first event taking place at The Downe Arms in Wykeham on Wednesday.

Any woman in business in the area is invited to attend the meeting, where they can find out more about becoming a WiRE member.

The initiative is being brought to Scarborough by business women Tina Carne and Katrina Shamel, both from Wykeham.

Ms Shamel, who is the commercial manager for the Dawnay Estates, had wanted to introduce the network locally.

So when Mrs Carne moved to the area with her marketing agency, and had the same idea, the pair got together to set up WiRE.

Mrs Carne, who for the past 10 years has run Four Degrees West Ltd with her husband Andy, said: “We want to inspire and support like-minded women in the area and help them grow their businesses.

“We also want to give them the chance to find more business opportunities.

“My business has already benefited from WiRE membership and we have picked up a couple of new contracts.”

The WiRE network was created to offer women business services, from new or potential enterprises to established or growing businesses.

It is the only organisation offering support dedicated to businesswomen in rural areas.

Mrs Carne and Ms Shamel will organise regular monthly meetings with guest speakers offering business advice and expertise to members, and the chance for networking with other women working in rural enterprise.

Scarborough and district WiRE meetings will take place on the second Wednesday of each month between 10am and noon.

To join, go to the WiRE website at www.wireuk.org